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Coronavirus battle: Andy Morrell is back as Hednesford Town boss

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Ex-Wrexham and Tamworth boss Andy Morrell will be guiding Hednesford Town when Southern League football returns after the coronavirus.

The 45-year-old former striker was unveiled as the Pitmen’s new manager on Friday after beating a string of candidates to the hot-seat at Keys Park. As player-manager and successor to Dean Saunders at Wrexham, pictured, he won the FA Trophy in 2013.

The Southern League Premier Central club’s owners Graham Jones and Hayden Dando welcomed the former Bury, Blackpool, Coventry City and Wrexham goalscorer on board in a joint statement.

They said: “We had the opportunity to go through a wide range of CVs and explore all of our options. We had a very high standard to make the selection from and would like to thank all of the candidates for their interest in the role.

“We would also again like to place our thanks on record to Danny Glover, Dean Glover and Ben Bailey for guiding the club through a difficult period last season.

“Whilst we had a number of candidates available to us, from the moment we first spoke with Andy we were impressed by his level of knowledge, enthusiasm and genuine excitement at the project here at Keys Park.

“Andy’s career has seen him stay in his previous management roles for over three years which in football says a lot about the character of the man; his attitude, expertise and ability are a fantastic fit with our ‘one club, one badge’ ethos.”

They added: “We are very excited about the season ahead with Andy in charge and we look forward with real enthusiasm to the season ahead.”

Morrell scored 132 goals in 515 senior appearances, including 34 for Wrexham in 2002-2003 when he was named in the PFA Team of the Year.

WINNER: Andy Morrell lifting the FA Trophy as Wrexham’s player-boss

The Pitmen manager told fans on Friday: “I am very grateful for this opportunity to become manager of Hednesford Town at this very exciting time and along with the new owners and staff developing a football club that the community and fans can be proud.”

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